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The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodōjin: Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist

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The Art and Life of Fukuda Kodōjin: Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist

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Thursday, March 30
1:00–3:00 p.m. PT
Speaker: Andreas Marks, Ph.D., Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Fukuda Kodōjin (1865–1944) was one of a handful of scholar-artists who continued the tradition of Japanese literati painting (nanga) in the early twentieth century. Kodōjin’s painting style is characterized by bizarrely shaped mountain forms rendered in vivid color or monochromatic ink that often include a solitary scholar enjoying the expansive beauty of nature. Not only a painter, Kodōjin was also an accomplished poet and calligrapher patronized by influential industrialists and politicians of the era. Following his death, he slipped into obscurity, and today is more appreciated outside his native Japan. The result of fifteen years of extensive research into more than eight hundred works, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will present the first ever exhibition of Kodōjin outside of Japan along with a 344-page book. This exhibit will run from April to June of 2023.

Dr. Andreas Marks is the ​Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. He has a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, and a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands.


Please note, this session will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

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Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council.


Featured at top right: Fukuda Kodōjin, Landscape after Mi Fu (detail), 1918.  Ink on silk. Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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March 30, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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